bloomsday night

Its the end of blooms day we join the two main charcater drunk in a cabmans shelters in the early hours of what is the 17th june 1904 ,they have a encoutner with a drunken sailor . stephen departs with Corley a charcater that turns in two of Joyces other books .the picture isn’t the actual shelter that is no longer there

joyce triva – there is a book called the bloomsday dead by adrian mckinty published by serpents tail ,also there is a great book called ulysses and us by Declan Kiberd that helps unlock ulysses for the reader .

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bloomsday afternoon

for my next visit to dublin i choose one of the most famous scenes and the one that scholars link the book to the odysses ,joyce had read charles lambs childrens adaptation as a child ,we now find the books other main charcaterLeopold bloom  in a dublin pub having a arguement with a unanmed man but thought to be based on Joyces own father .Bloom storms out of the pub and has a biscuit tin hurled at him ,thus echoing the cyclops throwing the ship in homers book .

BLOOMSDAY FACT –

U2’S SONG BREATH IS ABOUT A EVENT ON 16TH JUNE

bloomsday morning

in three posts today I ll bring the sights of Joyce’s master piece ulyesses –

Its early morning in dublin and Stephen Dedalus and buck muligan are in sandy cove at martello tower having a hearty irish breakfast ,the events in this part of the book are some what autobiographical having been based on a incident in Joyces own life at said tower .

Bloomsday triva –

the film before sunrise is on june the 16th as well !

Broken Glass by Alain Mabanckou

Alain is originally from the Congo but now teaches in ucla in america ,he won the Prix Renaudot for his book Memoirs of a porcupine ,he also has another book Published by serpents tail that publish this edition .he studied law in Brazzaville before moving to france and is also a poet ,he also writes poetry .Broken Glass follows broken glass a man who is broken and spends all his time in a backstreet bar in congo ,at one time a teacher that fell on bad times after a scandal at the school he taught .the boss of the bar credit gone west suggest that broken glass should talk to the regulars about their lives and make a book of it as he has heard many western writers like to drink and write .so Broken glass starts talking to the regular and find himself drawn in to the equally woeful lives .We discover bad wives ,bad husbands along the way .there are some wonderful names pampers man ,broken glass .

Let’s say the boss of the bar Credit gone west gave me this notebook to fill , he’s convinced that I Broken Glass – can turn out a book .because one day ,for a laugh ,I told him abut this famous writer that drunk like a fish ,and had to be picked up off the street when he got drunk ,which shows you should never joke with the boss .

the opening of broken glass .

This book runs at such a pass ,you can feel the speech of  this part of the world joyful and non stop ,the sentences are long but don’t seem it as you get swept along through drinks and chats to see the different lives of the regulars .I worked for a time in a pub in my distant youth and can easily identify with the people of Credit gone west ,men escaping with ,men seeking solace in drink after being  disappointed in their life,  as in the pub they are all equal ,this is such a refreshing book to read Alain Manabckou deserves his tag of being one of the writers in the 21 century to watch . he is due in london soon to be part of the lrb weeekend .

Winston’s score –

baboon colourful ,like to get drunk of fruit ,social and very african

winstons books

  First up are two for review from new publisher Peirene ,they are stones in a landslide by Maria Barbel a modern classic from catalan it follows a life of a Conxa  through her life and touches the spanish civil war and lost loves .The second is beside the sea a french novel by Veronique Olmi that follows a mother visit to the seaside with her two kids and what happens there .Now both these have got good reviews so far on different blogs going to have to work on something special for these ,many thanks to Meike and peirene for sending me these great to support a new publisher of translated books ,also believe Meike looking for other books that are short to be translated .

next are three great finds at my local Oxfam ,they are –

The engineer of human souls by Josef Skvorecky ,this is a thick book from the acclaimed czech writer it follows Danny an exile from a police state and follows some of Josef own story ,now this is going to one side for my 2011 challenge .

The sorrows of war by Bao NInh ,this novel tells the story of a north Vietnamese solider during the Vietnam war ,be interesting to see the other side of the coin in regards to the Vietnam war ,this also won the Independent foreign fiction prize .

One day of life Manlio Argueta ,now this is really exciting to me ,Argueta is a el Salvadoran writer this book was in the top ten latin american novels of 20th century by modern library ,it follows a day in the life of a pheasant farmer in El Salvador .

Has any one read any of these ?

All my friends are superheros by Andrew Kaufman

Now this is Andrew Kaufman’s Debut a short Novel just over a hundred pages ,it follows a flight from Toronto to Vancouver ,the main characters are Tom and his superhero wife ” the perfectionist” ,the problem is that tom’s wife is unable to see tom after being hypnotized by her ex another superhero by the name of Hypno so since they were married see hasn’t seen tom ,thing he has run off she has decide to move towns to make her life perfect again as she is the perfectionist ,during the flight we find out via flash back how the pair meet and ,all about the bizarre collection of superheros from true superheros to slight faults like the girl who is always falling or the chip with a chip on her shoulder .

But the chip on chip’s shoulder weighs so much that only her super-strength could remove it ,but she can’t use until she gets rid of the chip and she she can’t get rid of the chip without using her super strength .she appears no stronger than any regular .

 

Tom sets out to find out how to become visible again ,first off meeting another couple of people who are truly invisible the blue outcast that is paint blue so he can be seen ,but gets no help there all his superhero friends are no real help so this flight is the be all and end all of the marriage .It took an afternoon to read this book ,it’s a wonderfully quick read ,the writing is crisp and very ,very funny it is such a long time since i have laugh so much whilst reading a book ,Kaufmann has a quirky humour it reminded  me of the early 90’s Canadian comedy series” kids in the hall .The question is what makes a superhero in this book is it special powers ? or are we all superheros and don’t know it and are just awaiting our superhero name ?

WINSTONS SCORE –

Well racoon seems best for this book ,crafty ,funny looking and very mischievous

I got this book via twitter from telegrams P.R also andrews new book “the waterproof bible ” thats due out next month

three lions roar a short poem by winstonsdad

A short poem by myself  for today –

Three lions ,

Three lions roar on the veldt ,

A  dad tightens his belt ,

Dreams rest on our wayne ,

meanwhile dads on the wain ,

A flash of yellow but we re not bittter ,

Dad hits the bitter yellow nectar ,

Full time whistle three lion roar ,

A dad whistle as he snores ,

three lion on the veldt ,

three lions in wait !

poem by STU.J.ALLEN .

a short poem for today

bloggiesta weekend

taking part in bloggiesta over weekend heres what i ve in mind to do

ON BLOG –

  • UPDATE BLOGROLL
  • UPDATE 52 READS LIST
  • WRITE POST FOR BLOOMSDAY ON JUNE 16
  • GENRAL TIDY UP CHECK EVERYTHING UP TO DATE MAYBE

IN BLOG COMMUNITY –

  • FIND SOME NEW BLOGS
  • COMMENT ON AT LEAST TEN NEW BLOGS 
  • OFFER HELP TO PEOPLE

ALSO IF ANY ONE CAN HELP WITH HINTS AND TIPS WELCOME ,STU

world cup of writers – south africa

I VE TIMED THIS POST TO COME OUT JUST AS THE FIRST MATCH KICKS OFF THE WORLD CUP IS UNDER WAY ,

THE WRITERS –

There are a number of south african writers i ve read over the years but in thinking of this post i realised they were all white even thou most protested against apartheid at the time and lived in exile ,i want to discover a new voice from south africa so i did some research and came up with – firstly Yvette Christanse who escaped apartheid via Swaziland then australia now living in N.Y.C ,sibusiso Nyembezi his the rich man of Pietermaritzburg is consider a classic of Zulu fiction .some writers I ve read include Nadime Gordimer her books are fairly tough to read ,J M Coetzee the multiple booker winner is probably south african most well-known writer my favourite of his is life and times of Michael K ,Damon Galgut is a great new voice i discovered recently .I also have a novel from archipelago books by the well-known Afrikaners writer Breyten  breytenbach .Any suggestions welcome

COETZEE

 

world cup memories –

I remember there being much fanfare when south africa being allowed back into world football as many people saw them as the first african team to win the world cup i do see them being one of three that may the other two being Ghana and Ivory Coast ,now memories of south africa at world cup ,is the really close came against spain in 2002 where they lost 3 -2 but pushed spain all the way in 2002 they scored a great win over Slovenia ,Lucas Radabe was a cult hero to Leeds fans leading to the Leeds band Kaiser Chiefs calling themselves after Lucas’s old south african club .

S A TEAM

World cup of writing – team ENGLAND

THE ENGLAND WRITERS TEAM –

GOALKEEPER – CHARLES DICKENS ,the keeper on the whole is a giant and has generally a lot of experience and a pair of safe hands ,so my No1 is mr dickens are greatest novel writer a man of the people his books still ring  as true today as the day they were written .so dickens is our David James .

RIGHT BACK – W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM ,now like keeper in england the right back tends to stick around in the team from Kenny Samson to Gary Neville ,so Maugham seems an ideal fit not a huge star but in a lot of ways he has huge influence ,he is books were beautifully written and his autobiography is one of the best guides to writing ever written by a successful writer .

CENTRE BACK 1-PATRICK HAMILTON ,now there are two types of centre backs the graceful and the bruiser ,now bruiser suits Hamilton he wrote about dark bars and rough nights in seedy london so he is our enforcer at the back .our terry butcher of writers

CENTRE BACK 2-H G WELLS , the godfather of modern sci-fi and a great storyteller he wrote books on a lot of subjects and has influence most sci-fi writers and george Orwell whois own name is an homage to H G so Wells is are graceful intelligent defend the writers Rio or ledley king  .

LEFT BACK -PATRICK NEATE ,left backs tend to be fanciful and stylish ,so Patrick Neate seems a perfect fit a writer with playful stories and a real passion for the written word he started book slam who’s podcasts i listen to ,so our writing Ashley Cole is mr Neate .

RIGHT WINGER- WILL SELF ,now our last right-winger was Beckham so will self fits him perfectly a ambassador for the written word with real flair and a ability to keep in the public eye ,from Dorian to the book of dave Will always impresses with his clever word man ship just like Beckham .

DEfENSIVE MIDFIELDER – Agatha Christie the mistress of crime would be great as see had a wonderful eye for detail and ability to solve a case so like Barry or Hargreaves an ability to keep control of the game is essential with put showing off and that is just what Agatha did in her wonderful books spinning the story without being to showy

PLAYMAKER-J G BALLARD – now our lampard has to be Ballard he was the master of the spectacular stories from a interpretations of his Saigon childhood and war to environmentalism in drowned world ,consumerism and high-class living in super Cannes ,JG books where fast paced and wonderfully weaved and that is what a playmaker should do so Ballard is the writing Lampard .

LEFT WINGER – GEORGE ORWELL ,now who else could i pick the troubled england position by a writer that troubled minds with his forward thinking and ability to pass politics to everyman through his novels ,so our Arraon Lennon is Orwell a man who always wrote from the heart and this is what we hope Lennon does .

STRIKER -IAIN MCEWAN now he is our tall writer always dependable like McEwan his writing is spectacular but he is consistent he has wrote books that sell well for lit books his latest is his best in a while ,so the writing peter crouch is McEwan tall thin and always there .

SOLAR

STRIKER -WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE now our bard fits Rooney perfectly the plays he wrote still have great meaning ,they sum up england to a tee and ask any one name an english writer they ll say Shakespeare ask any football fan name an english player nowadays they’ll say Wayne Rooney our goal threat and one of the best players england has ever produced .

MANAGER -ITALO CALVINO ,like our current manager a master of tactics the italian writer Calvino wrote great plots and clever words play and in a number of different way just like Fabio Capello seems to be doing at the moment .

so there is my 11 hope it helps non football fans understand a bit there other halfs passion and maybe why people love the game so much ..

C’MON C’MON TEAM ENGLAND !!!!!!!!!!

THE MEMORIES –

loads but here we go in no order really ,Beckham scoring against Greece to help us qualify in 2006 a wonderful goal that set dreams alight ,linaker goals in Italia 90 ,Gazza tears at the same world cup ,Pearce missing then scoring penalties Keegan missing out an early memory ,Platt performances in 90 ,Beckham in 2006 like a man restored after the disgrace of being sent off .all back to new orders world in motion or three lions from baddle and skinner .

JUST MAYBE

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